The biggest challenge for forced migrants in Italy is social inclusion. Recognised refugees face the most difficulties. Integration programmes are only offered to asylum seekers, and for a short time after one obtains a refugee status.

The authorities cannot house everyone, and accommodation is only granted for up to six
months. Italian law enables asylum seekers to work after six months, but people are not
supported even if they cannot find work. The social system is poorly funded and many
refugees are left with no chance of having normal lives; they end up living on the streets.

JRS responds by providing a soup kitchen, accommodation, outreach centres, Italian language courses, integration support desks, and medical care points in Rome, Palermo, Catania, Trento, Naples, Milan, Padua and Vicenza.


•34,000 asylum seekers and refugees served; meals five days a week for 400 migrants.

•576 migrants attended Italian language classes; asylum and interreligious dialogue projects for 13,320 10-18 year old students in 100 schools.




“I left Somalia and arrived to Italy by boat in 2012. I went through Ethiopia, the Sahara, Sudan and Libya. It was a terrible journey. In Sudan and Libya I was even imprisoned, but I managed to flee. I left my country because of the many problems and I hoped for a better life here.

On the journey I was treated like an animal. And then I found none of what I had hoped for. In Rome, refugees face destitution
and misery and I experienced the terrible conditions in which my countrymen, who have also fled, live”.

Awas, 26 year old, refugee from Somalia


Contact Details

Fr Giovanni La Manna SJ, Country Director
Associazione Centro Astalli, Via degli Astalli 14/A - I-00186 Roma
Tel: +39-06 697 003 06 or + 39-06 678 12 46 - Fax: +39-06 679 67 83


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Jesuit Refugee Service Europe - Rue du Progrès (Vooruitgangstraat) 333/2 - B-1030 Bruxelles - Belgium
Tel: + 32 2 250 32 20 - Fax: + 32 2 250 32 29 - Email: europe(a)jrs.net